The First Time that you opened your Eyes…

baby eyesWhat was it like when Jesus was born? This is what we wonder year after year. This is the mystery we try to picture by using movie scenes combined with our own imagination. We know it probably wasn’t that peaceful or silent. Mary was probably extremely uncomfortable. The stable likely reeked of animal manure. Joseph might have been wondering, “What in the world is happening to my life?” We can imagine what was going through Mary’s mind too. She probably had that special love a mother has for her child, but did she truly realize she was holding the Savior of the world in her hands?

What was it like when Jesus was born? What was everyone thinking? Have you ever wondered, though, what that night was like for Jesus? Was he like some super smart baby who knew exactly what was going on but just waited to use His intelligence once He was older. Was He the easiest baby to take care of? Did he have a special glow? Was He the cutest baby to ever be born? Was the baby Jesus super strong, wielding His majesty like a kid with a toy lightsaber?

As a baby, Jesus was probably just like any other baby. He cried. He ate. He pooped. He slept. Repeat. He likely had no special knowledge or wisdom as a baby. Nor did He use infant supernatural powers. The scriptures tell us He was a baby, and all a baby does is cry, eat, poop, and sleep. That’s the mystery and wonder of the incarnation. A 100% human baby boy and 100% God, creator of the universe. God became one of us. He lived just like we live. He used His divine power when the moment was right, but He mostly just lived life the human way.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. – John1:14a

Our God loves us so much that He took on the form of His own creation. Christ humbled Himself lower than we ever could, so that He could save us. 

Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. – Philippians 2:6-8

One of my favorite Christmas songs is an original song written by a band named Reliant K. The song is called “I Celebrate the Day.” You can listen to it here . This song powerfully explores the mystery of the incarnation (Jesus’ birth as 100% God and human). The lyrics of the main chorus are especially thought provoking:

And the first time,

That You opened Your eyes did You realize that You would be my Savior?

And the first breath that left Your lips,

Did You know that it would change this world forever?

It’s amazing to think the first time our Savior opened His eyes, He was likely unaware that He would change the world. I encourage you to pray a prayer of thanks this Christmas for the gift of Jesus coming as little baby. Thank God for our savior who was born unaware, just like every baby, of what His life would bring. Praise God for the first time Jesus opened His eyes. Praise God for the time Jesus opened His eyes again when He rose from the dead. Praise God that one day we will open our eyes and see our Savior returning to take us with Him. Merry Christmas!

 Written By: Vicar Alex Lahue